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Date: 10/5/13 6:59 PM

Hello,

I am having trouble with my Brother ULT-2001 eating thinner knits and rayon blend fabrics. I have tried changing needles, using tissue paper to stabilise, adjusting foot pressure, sewing slowly, holding the threads as I begin to sew, etc. Nothing works and it is getting so frustrating! I have repairs I need to do for people, and good grief I want to be able to make myself this top out of a great rayon blend I just purchased.

Please help!

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Pam

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Date: 10/5/13 7:15 PM

What size needle are you using. With delicate fabrics I like the size 9 needle. With the heavier needle it will push the fabric down into the machine. Also check which way your thread unwinds underside. Mine like to be a certain way. If it isn't the
thread will pull the fabric under.
Check the bobbin to make sure it is unwinding the right way and put in a size 9 needle for fine fabrics.
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Date: 10/5/13 7:37 PM

The rayon blends can be difficult to sew. Suggest starting 1/4 inch in from the edge or use another fabric butted up against your fashion fabric to start the seam. As others have suggested try a Teflon foot.

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Date: 10/5/13 7:55 PM

Agree with suggestions already posted. With a finer needle use a finer thread too. Use a brand new needle with a fresh point...a dull needle will push the fabric down before piercing the fabric. Try strips of copy paper for a stabilizer instead of tissue paper. If your sewing machine has presser foot pressure adjustment...then make the pressure lighter also.

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Date: 10/5/13 8:00 PM

It sounds like you are doing everything I would do. You have to have some foot pressure so it should not be set to 0 or whatever the lowest number is on your machine. If you don't have any the feed dogs don't move at all. On my machine I can set it down to a 1 or a 2 for lightweight knits and that works. Set your foot firmly on the fabric too. Have you tried a walking foot?

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Date: 10/5/13 8:21 PM

Assuming you are trying to straight-stitch, try using a straight-stitch throat plate that has only a small round hole. This helps with thin fabric but you must change the throat plate out before you do any zig-zag. Thin fabrics need special seam finishing anyway - zig-zag is not very good. French seams are the best for slinkies.

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Date: 10/5/13 9:05 PM

Try a small size stretch needle.

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Date: 10/5/13 9:46 PM

I have sewn some lightweight rayon on my Brother. I always start about half inch in from the edge, back stitch and then go forward. I have found that anytime I get too close to the edge the fabric gets sucked in. After buying jersey and ballpoint needles I ended up finding the universal was working best.

Strange that even the tissue paper didn't help- that is one of the most common suggestions. The straight stitch throatplate was suggested in the Craftsy class I have on using stretchy knits.

My old machine used to eat all kinds of fabric- it always came down to a problem with the bobbin. Good luck!

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Date: 10/5/13 9:47 PM

I totally hear you! I've had that frustration. I don't really have any new ideas, but definitely recommend a nice, new, super sharp, thin needle to start.

I don't know how high-end your sm is, but I definitely noticed a difference after I upgraded my first machine. My newer and (of course) more expensive machine handles fabrics MUCH better... just a thought?

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Date: 10/5/13 10:27 PM

Oh my, so many wonderful ideas! Thank you everyone!

I think I might not be using a small enough needle and/or the right type, so I will first try changing that. I don't believe it is a bobbin issue, as it sews just fine on other fabrics.

Do most of you use the single hole needle plate? I have wondered about using one, I don't even know if I can get one for my machine. I will check with my dealer. Thanks for suggesting that sings2high.

I have tried the walking foot and that did not make any difference, but perhaps it will once I find the right needle.

I am always curious as to whether or not a Pfaff with dual feed or Janome with AccuFeed would perhaps be worth trying out for sewing garments.

Hopefully I will get a chance this week to try out all of these great suggestions!

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